Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen

The Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen offers a state-of-the-art learning experience where chefs and other food and wellness educators make sustainability and mindfulness into a delicious and edifying experience.

Built in an exquisitely renovated, 100-year-old, two-story barn, the kitchen offers space for a chef to work with as many as eight different two-person teams at a time. Additionally, the space features closed-circuit TV, with two cameras capturing the lecture for an enhanced learning environment for 50 guests.

The Teaching Kitchen was built in consultation with the Culinary Institute of American and is intended for cooking classes geared toward using fresh-grown ingredients in such a way that promotes bodily health and mental well-being.  It is also a regular host of the University of Cincinnati Center for Integrative Health and Wellness to teach medical students and other health professionals valuable nutrition information, culinary skills and self-care practices.

For class information, booking and availability, contact Mary Joseph at mary@turnerfarm.org

CANCELLATION POLICY: Due to the limited space availability, all payments for Turner Farm educational classes are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, classes proceed provided that the weather is safe for visitors to be on the farm. Turner Farm reserves the right to cancel events for any reason with a full refund provided to each participant.

UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness Presents:

Wellness at Turner Farm Community Education Series


Muddlers & Mixers: Celebrate Spring

6:30- 8:30 pm, Friday, April 20

Farmer/Mixologist Joshua Jones is bringing back the tastes of spring on April 20 with the next installment of Muddlers & Mixers. Joshua will highlight three cocktails with farm-fresh ingredients, while Chef Stephanie will thrill the taste buds with savory snacks. Join us in the Teaching Kitchen and, weather permitting, on the Studio Barn patio as we welcome back spring with a round of delicious drinks, including:

Smoky Citrus Cooler: A smoky, yet bright cocktail. It infuses the smoky flavor of mezcal with the bright citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit, all tied together with the sweetness of fresh local maple syrup.

Bee’s Knees: Combines floral local gin with the sweetness of local honey and tartness of vinegar. Turner Farm grown Thyme balances the flavor profile of this seasonal cocktail.

Mint Julep: Spring is here, which means two things–Mint is growing and the Ponies are getting ready for race day! Celebrate the only way we know how with our timeless Mint Julep Recipe. Impress all your friends on race day with this classic, yet tasty cocktail.

Tickets for these farm-to-tumbler gatherings sell quickly, so don’t hesitate!

Cost: $45

Cost: $45

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Spring Salads

11:30 am- 1:30 pm, Tuesday, April 24

Ever wonder what to do with all the lovely, brand new vegetables popping up in spring after a long, grey winter? Let Chef Stephanie help brighten up your spring salad options! Stop by the Barn Studio for an extended lunch hour where guests will get to watch culinary demonstrations focused on vibrant, energizing salads that will bring light and energy into even your dark winter days. Guests will be able to assemble their own salads from a variety of prepared items, including farm fresh produce and meat. Guests will receive a copy of all recipes and can come and go as they please.

Cost: $35

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Culinary Competency: All Steamed Up

6:30- 8:30 pm, Wednesday, April 25

Join Chef Stephanie for the culinary competency course, “All Steamed Up” where you will gain experience poaching, stewing, and steaming. This course is designed as a hands-on workshop to understand and develop crucial techniques that we all use frequently in cooking professionally and at home. In this class, chef will walk you through these fundamental skills to make a unique and delicious meal. Foods will include:

-Steamed Momos (Nepalese-style Dumplings)

-Braised Tofu Red Curry with Rice

-Poached Pears & Blueberry-Vanilla Soup

Few spots will be available to maximize hands-on time and coaching!

Cost: $75

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Taco Tuesday

6:30- 8:30 pm, Tuesday, May 1

Join Chef Stephanie in creating Turner Farm’s hands-on version of Taco Tuesday. Chef will guide you through making your own margarita so that you can sip away while pressing your own tortillas, making various salsas, guacamole, and customize an assortment of tacos for you to enjoy on the farm.

Cost: $65

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Culinary Competency: Tame the Flame

6:30- 8:30 pm, Wednesday, May 2

Jump into action and join Chef Stephanie for Tame the Flame where you will gain experience with roasting, baking, sautéing, and grilling. This course is designed as a hands-on workshop to understand and develop crucial techniques that we all use frequently in cooking professionally and at home. In this class, chef will walk you through these fundamental skills to make a meal. Food will include:

-Sautéed Turner Farm Chicken with a Honey-Dijon Pan Sauce

-Sautéed Herbed Tofu

-Roasted TF Carrots, Mushrooms, & Thyme

-Grilled Asparagus with Lemon

-Sea Salt Chocolate Chips

Few spots will be available to maximize hands-on time and coaching!

Cost: $80

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Turner Farm Mystery Basket Cooking Challenge

6:30- 9:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9

Have you ever wondered what it was like to open your fridge, peer into your freezer or pantry, and just cook with what inspires you? Well, Chef Stephanie will guide you through tips and tricks of cooking “on the fly” without feeling like you’re completely winging it. After a brief introduction and how-to, Chef will provide an assortment of seasonal produce and sustainably-raised meats from Turner Farm along with pantry staples for you to create your own dishes to be shared as a meal at the end of the class. A great opportunity for creative (and perhaps a little competitive) chefs of all ages!

Wine will be offered for those of legal drinking age.

Few spots will be available to maximize hands-on time and coaching!

Cost: $80

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Chicken or the Egg: A Turner Farm Journey

11:30 am- 2 pm, Wednesday, May 16

This class may not provide you the answer to the chicken or the egg paradox, but it will give you an inside look to Turner Farm’s egg production and chicken raising with our manager of livestock and pastures, Daniel Losekamp. After a tour of the farm to see how we raise and manage our chickens, the class will return to the barn studio for a hands-on cooking experience in the Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen with Chef Stephanie to show you how to get the most flavor and utility out of chicken. The class will end with a large farm-fresh lunch!

Cost: $70

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Wines 101

2 pm- 4 pm, Saturday, May 19

Join Chef Stephanie in Wines 101 to feel more confident in understanding what wine is beyond just ‘grapes.’ Chef will also help you be able to taste and evaluate wines more like a professional, decipher wine labels and navigate menus, as well as introduce you to pairing foods with wines. You will taste a variety of wines and small bites along the way!

Cost: $60

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Herbs & Edible Flowers plus Tips for Carefree Gardening & Landscapes

6:30- 8:30 pm, Monday, May 21

Rita Heikenfeld will teach the basics of herb gardening and the benefits of cooking with herbs for healthy, delicious meals. Ron Wilson, from Natorp’s will answer all your gardening questions. A delicious salad with greens harvested from Turner Farm, fresh fruit compote with sweet herbs, Kombucha and vitamin water will be served during class. Class participants will be going home with a scoby, to start your own kombucha and some lucky participants will be taking a plant home, provided by Natorp’s!

Cost: $30

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Knife Skills

11:30 am- 1:30 pm, Thursday, May 24


This class will allow students to begin to feel more comfortable holding and using chef knives to give them more confidence in the kitchen. Chef will cover how to hold a knife as well as how to safely and efficiently chop, slice, and dice a myriad of ingredients to empower students to bring their skills home into their own kitchen. Chef will also take students through the process of sharpening and caring for your knives. Students will use their newly honed skills to make a few dishes to be enjoyed at the end of the class. Few spots will be available to maximize hands-on time and coaching!

Cost: $80

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Beer Styles + Food Pairings

2-4 pm, Saturday, June 2

As a beer culture enthusiast, aspiring cicerone, and avid homebrewer, Chef Stephanie brings back Beer Styles + Food Pairing with a whole new line-up of beers to drink and food to savor!

During the class, participants will be given the opportunity to sample a variety of beers covering many different styles alongside foods that are meant to highlight how these two can interact with one another to heighten various dimensions of flavors and enjoyment! This class is meant for any level of beer knowledge—from a complete novice to total craft beer geeks!

Cost: $65

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Shake + Sear: Cocktails and Grilling

6:30-9 pm, Saturday, June 9

Let farmer and mixologist, Joshua Jones, and Chef Stephanie Michalak stir up your Friday evening with a cocktail and grilling class at Turner Farm. This class will begin with creating a seasonal cocktail to be enjoyed on the Barn Studio’s terrace (weather pending) before returning to the Teaching Kitchen to cover grilling techniques with Chef. You will then create a few seasonal, farm-fresh dishes incorporating grilled items to be enjoyed as a meal with another cocktail.

Cost: $70

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Cooking with Spices and Herbs

11:30 am-1:30 pm, Tuesday, June 12

What’s the dill with herbs and spices? Cuisines use them in sauces, salads, stews, and everything in between, but what’s the point? Herbs and spices can both create brilliant and diverse dimensions to foods that otherwise might be indistinguishable or one note. Between dried and fresh varieties, the world of flavor development using spices and herbs is wonderfully innumerable but can feel insurmountable. Join Chef Stephanie in a hands-on class in the Teaching Kitchen where she will cover how to identify, pair, and use herbs and spices in several dishes.

Cost: $60

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Happy Baby: Making Nutritious Baby Food

11:30 am-1:30 pm, Wednesday, June 13

We all realize that early childhood nutrition is extremely important to create a foundation for healthy development mentally, physically, and emotionally. However, when it comes to baby foods, we tend to relinquish our control to baby food companies. While not a terrible option, it can be extremely expensive and mystifying.

If you’re someone who wants to learn more about how they can make their own baby foods that are appropriate for different age groups, join Dr. Carina Braeutigam and Chef Stephanie Michalak at Turner Farm’s Teaching Kitchen for a hands-on class focused on the in-s and out-s of making and storing baby food.

Cost: $60

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College Prep: Culinary Boot Camp

11:30 am-1:30 pm, Thursday, June 21st, 22nd, & 23rd


It’s important for any young adult to be able to cook for themselves without solely relying on others. Especially when they plan on leaving for college, traveling alone, or even just living away from home. Knowing how and what to cook for yourself can promote self-efficacy, cooking confidence, and overall health. Once you’re comfortable cooking, it can be relatively fun and engaging. Plus, it’s a pretty nice way to impress someone.

Chef Stephanie is offering a three-day intensive on culinary fundamentals geared towards young adults. The first day will include knife skills (& safety), stocking a healthy pantry, and how to make fresh pasta. The second day will cover packing snacks and cooking techniques ranging from blanching and braising, all the way to grilling and roasting. The final day will cover breakfast cookery, baking basics, and end with a young chef cookoff.

The Bootcamp will also provide a tour of the farm.

Each day will include lunch and snacks. For ages 14-18.

Cost: $250 for three-part series

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Turner Farm Full Moon Feast

7:30-9:30 pm, Thursday, June 28

Chef Stephanie welcomes you to Turner Farm’s Full Moon Feast.

A unique and intimate opportunity to enjoy a series of seasonal, farm fresh dishes on the land, under the moonlight at Turner Farm. This dinner stems from a reflection on the use of the rhythm and cycle of the moon to guide many traditional farming practices in multiple cultures. The rose moon, also known as the strawberry, honey/mead, and hot moon (to name a few), celebrates the intensifying summer heat with a vibrant, glowing full moon that signifies a small window to harvest ripe berries, and ironically is one of the most popular times to get married. Chef Stephanie’s dishes will reflect and represent these symbols through the dinner.

Tickets are $150 per person and includes food, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), hospitality & tax.

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